(Rental)-Ball Screen Continuity & Quick Hitters vs. Zone Defense
Ball Screen Continuity & Quick Hitters vs. Zone Defense
Learn to execute a ball screen continuity offense filled with quick hitters that picks apart any zone defense. East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes is well-versed in continuity zone attacks and presents his ideas of attacking zone defenses in this video. A former junior college head coach at Northwest Florida State, Forbes has experienced success – consecutive NJCAA national runner-up finishes and a 2017 SoCon tournament championship – with his approach to zone offense and shares it with you in this on-court clinic presentation.
Building the Zone Offense
The primary emphasis in Forbes’ philosophy against zone defenses is ball movement. He discusses using shot and pass fakes to force the defense to move as well as getting into why he likes to attack the gaps of a zone defense using cuts.
Forbes also talks about his desire to put pressure on the rim against zone defenses. He likes to do so using flashes from behind the zone and getting the ball into the post. Another shocker comes as Forbes talks about screening the zone. Screens cause two defenders to cover one player and are a big part of Forbes’ zone offense attack.
Continuity Zone Offense
When the transition offense fails to get a quick basket, Forbes reveals two continuity zone offenses. Both rely primarily on ball screens.
- Bounce: Starts from a 3-out/2-in look against a 2-3 zone and emphasizes post players setting screens for guards
- Follow Five: From a spread look, the 5-man sets all of the ball screens creating driving opportunities all over the court
Coach Forbes emphasizes not letting zone defenders come underneath ball screens when running Bounce. Follow Five counts on driving opportunities and the ball reversals that it often forces.
Set Plays Versus Zones
In addition to his zone offenses, Coach Forbes takes the time to present some of his set plays. In the Bounce offense, Forbes shows you “Bounce Down” which has the screen come from the opposite side instead of the ball-side post player. “Bounce Overload” isolates the best shooter on the perimeter opposite the ball in a stack with a post player.
For coaches looking to run a continuity offense, they can do so at all times. This video from Coach Forbes provides the answer for how to do it against any zone defense.
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